As we near our thirtieth year of publication, we have been searching for someone to take the reins of Modern Reformation. After an extensive search process, I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Joshua Schendel as the magazine’s new executive editor.
Dr. Schendel recently received his PhD in theology from St. Louis University, where he completed his dissertation “‘A Learned Dispute among Friends’: William Twisse and John Owen on the Necessity of the Christ’s Satisfaction.” He also holds an MA from Westminster Seminary California and a BA in philosophy and Latin from Calvin College. In addition to his academic work, Joshua is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America, has written regularly for the online magazine Conciliar Post, and has even run his own carpentry business! He and his wife, Bethanne, have three children.
Joshua is the first full-time executive editor in the magazine’s history, which reflects a renewed commitment by the board of directors to ensure that Modern Reformation is the must-read magazine for thinking Christians. After nearly twenty years working for the magazine (first as a production assistant, then as managing editor, followed by two stints as executive editor, and now as editorial director), I am excited for its future under Joshua’s leadership.
Modern Reformation has always existed in an in-between place—not quite a popular magazine and not quite an academic journal—appealing to thoughtful Christians who have more than a casual interest in theology.
By God’s grace and under the capable leadership of Dr. Schendel, the vision that first launched Modern Reformation as a newsletter (produced in Michael Horton’s college dorm room!) will continue to shape its future. This will also now include an active, engaging online presence with a revamped and rebranded website, as well as an exciting new initiative: “Modern Reformation Weekends”! These teaching and thinking retreats (we plan to offer the first one this fall) will enable participants to dive into topics we discuss in our pages. These weekends will feature Michael Horton and others, who can help us shape the way we engage with the world around us. Stay tuned for more details!
Eric Landry is the editorial director of Modern Reformation.
“After narrowing down the short-list to some really extraordinary applicants, Joshua Schendel stood out to all of us as the ideal executive editor for MR. Besides his thorough education and varied passions, Joshua knows MR well and has a bold vision for taking it to the next level. His interests lie not only in theology but also in literature. As I focus much of my attention now on the relaunch of MR and the weekends around it, I’m already enthusiastic about working with Joshua.”
—Michael Horton, Editor-in-Chief